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Fun Home dates confirmed for new Young Vic season

The new season will also include a new play by the founders of Good Chance Theatre

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The Young Vic has announced a new season with highlights including the UK premiere of Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home and a new play from the founders of Good Chance Theatre.

The new season will kick off with the world premiere of The Jungle by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, about their time in the Calais Jungle with Good Chance Theatre. Directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin with designs by Miriam Buether, the Young Vic and National Theatre co-production runs in the Main House from 7 December to 6 January 2018.

This will be followed by a revival of Academy Award-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney's first play The Brothers Size (19 January to 14 February) directed by Bijan Sheibani, and then The Inheritance (2 March to 5 May) by Matthew Lopez and directed by Stephen Daldry. Lopez's new two-parter is about gay life in New York City today, a generation after the AIDS crisis.

Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's Broadway hit Fun Home will then receive its London premiere from 27 June to 1 September 2018, with previews from 18 June. Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel and with direction by Sam Gold, the five-time Tony Award-winning musical introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely complicated family.

On the new season, artistic director David Lan — who recently announced he would be stepping down from the post — said: "My intention is always that the voices you hear at the Young Vic will be the most urgent, the most in need of being heard.

"In all the shows in this new season you’ll hear voices from the edge — refugees, the black working class, young gay women, young gay men — engaged voices raised in protest and in discovery."

Dates have also been announced for My Name is Rachel Corrie, which runs in the Clare from 29 September to 21 October 2017. Directed by JMK Award 2017 winner Josh Roche, the piece of verbatim theatre was created from the writings of American peace campaigner Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli tank while protecting Palestinian homes from demolition at the age of 23. It was jointly edited by journalist Katharine Viner and the late Alan Rickman, who also directed the original production at the Royal Court in 2005.

These productions join the previously announced Yerma, Arthur Kopit’s Wings, The Suppliant Women, Nina: ‘a story about me and Nina Simone’, How To Win Against History, and Yellowman.